Translated from the Yiddish by Saul Bellow and others
Gimpel the fool -- The gentleman from Cracow -- Joy -- The little shoemakers -- The unseen -- The Spinoza of Market Street -- The destruction of Kreshev -- Taibele and her demon -- Alone -- Yentl the Yeshiva boy -- Zeidlus the pope -- The last demon -- Short Friday -- The séance -- The slaughterer -- The dead fiddler -- Henne fire -- The letter writer -- A friend of Kafka -- The cafeteria -- The joke -- Powers -- Something is there -- A crown of feathers -- A day in Coney Island -- The cabalist of East Broadway -- A quotation from Klopstock -- A dance and a hop -- Grandfather and grandson -- Old love -- The admirer -- The yearning heifer -- A tale of two sisters -- Three encounters -- Passions -- Brother beetle -- The betrayer of Israel -- The psychic journey -- The manuscript -- The power of darkness -- The bus -- A night in the poorhouse -- Escape from civilization -- Vanvild Kava -- The reencounter -- Neighbors -- Moon and madness
Collection of forty-seven stories selected by the Nobel Prize winning author from among the writings he authored from 1957-1981
October 18, 2018 Subject:
The Letter Writer
This would have to be for me the best short story ever written. I have been looking for it for ages and am grateful for having found it here. I had already read The Key. Beautiful, heartfelt writing. Strong characters that are there for one another and despite the world's atrocities, humanity - benevolence exists. One line that has stuck with me and I think I will never forget is:
"...all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka. And yet man demands compassion." Deeply felt. I look forward to reading the other stories which I am sure won't disappoint.